Hello Dear Listeners, welcome to overcoming temptations. My name is Oyisi. Today our topic is titled: Don’t cross your boundaries.
As Christians we need to know our boundaries especially when it comes to the opposite sex. You may not go out on the streets and sleep with a commercial sex workers but you may sleep with a worker in your church if you are not careful and keep boundaries. The attraction between men and women is natural so you must know where to draw the line, an innocent relationship with a brother or sister can lead to a sexual relationship that will cause regret. There is no anointing that makes you immune to sexual attraction, the only anointing is the one to avoid it. Today we are not careful and subtly condone immorality in the church. For instance see the way our sisters in church dress, it is good to look good and attractive, but you should be decent, any clothing that is above your knees or exposes your breast or body part is usually not decent, you have to set a boundary on your dressing otherwise you are making people fall and will share in their judgment. Dressing also applies to men, you don’t need to wear tight clothes or body fit that shows your macho figure or expose your body. In church you don’t need to cause attraction to yourself, the centre of attraction is Jesus Christ.
Also some church says sisters should evangelize to brothers and vice versa. This is crossing the boundary why are we creating room for satan to tempt us? Or in some churches they say touch you neighbor on the lap or shoulder this is not good. Some people can get tempted just by someone touching them, we should not cross the line. We can hold hands to pray, but let us avoid unnecessary touching.
You are a pastor and it’s another female church member that cooks your food not your wife, you are crossing your boundaries avoid such things, your wife should be available or at least supervise your meals.
You are a sister you do not need a man as your prayer partner, look for another sister. You can pray with men occasionally but not consistently. We hear of homosexuals in the church, so if you attracted to the same sex you need to avoid them and set boundaries. God is able to make you overcome homosexuality.
Temptation is usually gradual when you see the sign you must put boundaries to avoid it growing. See that the bible says in Proverbs 27:12 . The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty. So when you see danger avoid it. There is always a voice within you that warns you so you should listen to it because if you go ahead you will suffer for it.
Avoid being alone with the opposite sex for whatever reason, counseling, prayers, evangelism and so on. If you need to do this things do it in an open place where people can see you even if they are not hearing you. Doing it in private is crossing the boundaries. Wish you a blessed day.